David Cameron wants to renegotiate terms of UK membership of EU

What are the implications of Brexit for UK food?

The UK could vote on its membership of the EU in little more than four months but little attention has been paid to what impact an exit coul...

Packed halls at ISM 2016

just-food's pick: Innovation on show at ISM 2016

When ISM, the world's largest confectionery and snack trade fair, closed its doors for 2016 last week around 38,500 visitors had been throug...

Starbucks wants to open around 1,400 stores in China in three years

Foodservice focus: McDonald's/Five Guys/Starbucks

January saw signs McDonald's moves to revitalise its domestic business are gaining traction, Pizza Hut look to boost its own US sales in par...

Unilever has launched Flora Freedom in the UK

Can dairy-free Flora lift Unilever spreads sales?

Unilever launched a dairy-free variant to Flora in the UK, in its latest attempt to lift its sales in a struggling category. But is winning...

Mondelez shares tumbled after FY results and guidance announced

Mondelez results and outlook - 7 things to learn

Mondelez International's shares took a tumble yesterday on the back of its 2015 numbers and its forecasts for 2016 - and were down again tod...

Wal-Mart announced spate of store closures

Talking shop: Wal-Mart overhaul, Lidl's US charge

January brought further evidence of the seismic shifts taking place in the global retail sector. Established retailers have largely responde...

Hain Celestial confident but cognisant of domestic challenges - comment 2 Feb 16

Irwin Simon, the founder, president and CEO of Hain Celestial, often comes across as one of the more forthright chief executives in the US food industry, with a firm belief in his company and its prospects. With Hain Celestial's domestic business facing challenges and investor scrutiny intensifying, Simon this week set out how the company will improve its performance in the US and why he believes the group can thrive amid increasing competition - but there were signs he acknowledges the need to adapt to meet the challenge.

How 2015 olive oil prices in Europe could direct strategy in 2016 1 Feb 16

There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by factors that are still having an impact on production. Jacques Dupré, insight director for IRI in France and Anne Lefranc, the market research group's European marketing director, analyse the data.

Thought Leaders

PepsiCo's Nooyi: "macro challenges" will continue

Dean Best | 11 Feb 16 PepsiCo's Nooyi: 'What we can control, we are doing very well'

PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi today (11 February) the global macroeconomic challenges facing business will persist in 2016, claiming she had not seen trading conditions of this nature in her time in business.

Kellogg US performance hits FY sales, profits

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Feb 16 Kellogg has posted a fall in sales and profits for the year

Kellogg's full-year sales and profits have again been hit by weakness in its domestic arm.

WhiteWave FY earnings jump by one-fifth

Katy Askew | 11 Feb 16 WhiteWave expects growth to continue in 2016

WhiteWave Foods revealed today (11 February) that its full year net earnings rose 20% while its full-year operating profit increased by one-quarter, supported by sales growth and margin expansion. 

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Bakkavor posts FY profit jump

Flowers disappointed with Q4 but upbeat on 2016

TreeHouse Foods sales slide in Q4

Orkla sees growth in “competitive markets”

PepsiCo forecasts dip in sales growth in 2016

Ventura Foods acquires Wing's condiments unit

Snack group Zola in private-equity buy-out

Atria FY sales lower weaker on rouble, competition

Richelieu Foods CEO Tim O'Connor eyes growth in pizza and pourables - interview 9 Feb 16

Dean BestRichelieu manufactures pizza, dressings and sauces

Richelieu Foods, the US private-label supplier backed by private-equity, is expanding production with a new plant to support its growth. Dean Best spoke to Tim O'Connor, the president and CEO of the pizza-to-dressings manufacturer, to discuss the group's plans and how he sees the company's categories developing.

Australia's Weis Bars sets sights on Chinese ice cream market - the bitesize interview 20 Jan 16

Hannah AbdullaJulie Weis, co-owner, Weis Bars

Australia's Weis Bars has built up a presence across much of Asia with its real-fruit based ice cream range and now the Queensland-based company is eyeing the Chinese market. We catch up with co-owner Julie Weis who tells us why Weis Bars is ready for a launch into China and how the company is looking to increase its presence back home.

Why Urban Fresh Foods plumped for Lotus Bakeries' ownership - interview 5 Jan 16

Dean BestBrook: Lotus Bakeries were 'lead choice by long way' for Bear owner Urban Fresh Foods

Urban Fresh Foods, the privately-owned UK firm behind the children's-focused snack brand Bear, said last summer it was looking at ways to expand internationally and suggested it could accept investment. Just before Christmas, the company, set up in 2007, announced it had agreed to a takeover bid from Belgium's Lotus Bakeries. Dean Best speaks to Urban Fresh Foods partner Giles Brook about what the deal means for the business.

Outgoing Waitrose chief Mark Price gets UK government role

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 10 Feb 16

Mark Price, the outgoing managing director of UK grocer Waitrose, has been named the country's new trade minister.

The problem with the word 'natural' in the US

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 10 Feb 16

Last autumn, a US trade group said it would look to develop a voluntary regulatory compliance and certification programme for the term 'natural', with an eye on releasing the standard in the first half of next year. However, the plan has hit the buffers, another sign of how problematic the term - an attractive one for a growing number of shoppers - is in the country.

What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra?

Katy Askew, just-food editorial team Katy Askew | 2 Feb 16

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector.

Food majors book 2015 numbers and look into 2016

Food majors book 2015 numbers and look into 2016

The figures for last year are rolling in and, while executives report how they fared in 2015, they are also forecasting how they could perform this year.

The flurry of commitments on cage-free eggs

The flurry of commitments on cage-free eggs

Companies including Nestle, Mondelez International and Mars have announced pledges on cage-free eggs in recent months.

Lactalis's emerging markets push

Lactalis's emerging markets push

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has continued its bid to increase its presence in emerging markets in the early weeks of 2016.

What are the macro risks facing your business?

What are the macro risks facing your business?

The World Economic Forum has published its annual report quantifying and comparing economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks. just-food digs into the report and analyses the findings.

Drivers of Food Industry MxA

Drivers of Food Industry MxA

Marginal growth levels in mature markets have forced traditional packaged food manufacturers to look towards inorganic sources for growth - specifically mergers and acquisitions (M&A) - in order to acquire commensurate levels of scale, growth, shelf-space and brand prestige... Read more

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